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What is a Tall Tale?. Tall tales were first told in America by the settlers who made their homes in the American wilderness. In those days, people didn't have TV, computers or electric lights to read by, so they told stories for their entertainment. . Famous Tall Tale Characters.

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Tall tales were first told in America by the settlers who made their homes in the American wilderness. In those days, people didn't have TV, computers or electric lights to read by, so they told stories for their entertainment.

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Famous Tall Tale Characters

Some famous tall tale heroes are

Johnny Appleseed,

Pecos Bill,

Paul Bunyan,

Davy Crockett,

Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, Mike Fink,

John Henry, and

Annie Oakley.

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Elements of Tall Tales

The main character is bigger than life and has super-human abilities.

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In the end, the main character solves a problem, overcomes an obstacle and/or defeats the “bad guy”.